I would often ask myself, “If I were going to die today, what would be my biggest regret?”
“That I didn’t have a world tour” pat came the reply.
I live for, earn for, save for that day when I’ll carry my backpack and book my one-way ticket to the world and maybe that’s why ‘Live like there is no tomorrow’ was the first thing that struck my mind when I read about Cassandra De Pecol’s voyage.
While she was busy making history, not only she was living the life of her dreams but also of those millions of people who are lost in reverie of having a global tour. Her reality, ‘Expedition196’, is my (and also of millions of people’s) fantasy.
‘Expedition 196’ is the name that Cassandra De Pecol gave to her odyssey. She began her global tour from Sovereign Nation of Palau to become the fastest person to travel every country on Earth. On July 24th, 2015 at 18:40 UTC/GMT, she took her first step towards her journey and it took her 18 months and 26 days to break the world record by 1 year and 9 months. She finished her expedition in Yemen on February 2nd, 2017.
26-year-old Pecol from Connecticut is an epitome of ‘Age is just a number’. At an age when one only thinks about doing it, she has accomplished it.
Pecol travelled not only as a Global citizen but also as an ambassador of International Institute for Peace Through Tourism. She was supporting peace and sustainability through this expedition.
If it hadn’t been for sponsors, her dream would have continued been a dream because this trip didn’t come cheap. She had incurred $200000(approx.) as her travel expenses when she was more than halfway. Her accommodation at certain places came for free as she was promoting the same through her Instagram account. She did few jobs in order to help herself travel around the world.
‘Expedition 196’ is a story of the girl who travels the world in record time.
Cassandra is a triathlete, entrepreneur, fitness freak, adventurer and Guinness World Record holder.
She had filled up four passports when she was yet to travel 15 countries!
“As Dalai Lama said, ‘Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk’ and that’s the risk I want to take.” Cassandra said in her you tube video (The Expedition). “This is the legacy I want to leave behind”.